Govt urges farmers to call off agitation, says ready to hold talks anytime


Amid large-scale protests by farmers for the third consecutive day, the government said on Saturday that it was ready to negotiate with them anytime and urged them to stop their agitation.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that a meeting has already been scheduled on December 3 with 32 protesting unions of farmers to address their concerns, before the government could join the union leaders if they wish Are ready.

Appealing to the farmers to end their protest, the minister said that the leaders of farmer unions should come for talks as a solution can be found only after discussion.

Tomar told PTI, “The farmers should end the protest and come for discussion. The Indian government is fully prepared for discussion. If the farmers unions send their proposal, we are ready to consider it.” “

“Farmers are our own people. The Ministry of Agriculture is working for the welfare of farmers,” he said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also said that the Center is ready to hold discussions with farmers.

The protest is against three new agricultural laws as they fear it may destroy the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and procurement on corporate farming, while the Center has ensured that the legislation is for the benefit of farmers.

Tomar also emphasized that the central government is in constant discussion with the farmers.

Tomar said, “Therefore, we invited the leaders of the farmers’ union for a second round of talks on 3 December. If the farmers wish, we are ready for discussion before (3 December).”

Amit Shah appealed to the farmers to shift to Bari Maidan in the national capital to stage their protest and said that the Center is ready to discuss with them as soon as they go to the designated place.

“For the past few days, farmers from Punjab and Haryana and some other parts of the country have come to the Delhi border. Farmers have already gathered on two major highways coming from Punjab near the Delhi border since yesterday. Farmers have received many Is facing. Problem due to heavy cold. Other people are also facing problems.

“Therefore, my humble appeal to our farmer brothers is that the government has made proper arrangements for you in Burari, Delhi, where you can stage your demonstrations,” he said in an appeal in Hindi, which was published in the official WhatsApp group Posted on Home Ministry

Shah also said that a delegation of farmers has been invited by the central government on December 3 to discuss their problems in detail.

“Some farmer unions and farmers have demanded that the talks be held immediately instead of December 3. Therefore, I assure everyone that the central government is ready to discuss with you as soon as you are on the ground (in Burari). ,” They said. .

Shah also said that a detailed discussion about his problems was held in New Delhi on 13 November, which was attended by the Union Ministers of Agriculture and Railways on behalf of the Central Government.

On Saturday, around 400 farmers from various groups and states gathered at Bari Maidan in North Delhi, where the government allowed them to protest peacefully against the new farm laws. They chanted slogans, sang songs and chanted flags in red, greens and blues.

However, thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are still sitting at various border points in Delhi for the third consecutive day. Those who made their way to the national capital gathered at the largest Nirankari Maidan in the city.

(Only the headline and picture of this report have been reworked by Business Standard employees; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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